CEO of US Critical Minerals Jesse Edmondson joins the Minerals Manhattan Project from the heart of coal country in the southeast of the United States.
Jesse gets into why - despite the fact that the United States is a mineral rich country - there are few critical minerals mining projects active today.
As a geologist, Jesse walks us through the mineral exploration process from discovery through the decision to build a mine, and why it has lengthier timeline than those outside the industry appreciate. He puts critical minerals into context with the "all mining is coal mining" mentality that pervades the United States to explain why most mineral exploration - even in the United States - is undertaken by publicly listed Canadian or Australian companies.
Jesse explains the lack of federal regulation or oversight for mining in the United States, and how mineral rights and surface rights are related but impacted by history.
Critical minerals differ from traditional commodities because of an advanced processing step required to get them "technology ready," a hurdle that makes advancing new projects in the US challenging due to supply chain qualification processes.
For more Jesse Edmondson on Critical Minerals, the link below is Jesse giving a presentation in collaboration with the Payne Institute of the Colorado School of Mines and the Institute of the Americas